Microsoft surprised us last week with the backwards-compatible re-release of the Crysis trilogy for Xbox One and Xbox One X. Once again - alas - there's no sign of X-enhanced support for these titles, but what we do get is one of the most dramatic performance upgrades yet, and a chance to revisit a fascinating period of Xbox 360 history.We all know of the original Crysis' legendary status amongst PC users, and the fact that even today, the game can still bring the most powerful CPU hardware to its knees. But the wider point here is that developer Crytek were pushing the envelope in rendering and simulation in ways that no other game would dare attempt at the time. Suffice to say, when Crytek announced a multi-platform future for the franchise with Crysis 2, there was doubt from all sides. Would PC users be let down with a console port? And did Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have the hardware chops to run CryEngine 3 - even on lower than low settings?When it did eventually launch in 2011, … [Read more...] about The Crysis Trilogy on Xbox One back-compat offers big performance boosts
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Crysis is now playable on the Xbox One, along with sequels Crysis 2 and Crysis 3. News comes courtesy of Microsoft spokesperson Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb today on Twitter. Crytek’s flagship first-person shooter franchise was famously the benchmark for PC gaming when it launched in 2007. The game dropped just two years into the life cycle of the Xbox 360, leading to jeers from die-hard PC enthusiasts, who asked, “Yeah, but can it run Crysis?” The Xbox 360 port was finally released in October 2011. News of the addition of the Crysis games only serves to highlight Microsoft’s impressive list of backward-compatible games. Just last week it added both Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3. That deep catalogue, along with the expansive Game Pass list of newer titles, both made the Polygon Essentials list, a round-up of the must-own titles and key features of the Xbox One. Meanwhile, Crytek has had a difficult few years. In February, CEO Cevat Yerli … [Read more...] about Xbox One can run Crysis, starting today
Crysis was well known for its PC origins but now it is jumping to Microsoft’s other platform. Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3 joined the Xbox One backwards compatibility list today. Players can enjoy the Crysis Xbox One backwards compatibility by buying the game on demand or use their existing Xbox 360 discs. Xbox’s Major Nelson confirmed the news earlier today on Twitter. Franchises don’t always come to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list in one fell swoop but Crysis is one of the few. Crysis originally released on the PC in 2007 and was used as a benchmark for computer hardware. It then was ported to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in late 2011. The game was generally received well both times for its powerful supersuit that allowed players to play stealthily and aggressively. Crysis 2 also released in 2011 before the original had hit consoles. However, it simultaneously launched on all three systems. Crysis 2 also reviewed well and was a more streamlined version of … [Read more...] about Crysis Trilogy is Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility
This week’s additions to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility list have been revealed and it includes the entirety of the Crysis saga. Yes, all three Crysis games have now joined the list of Xbox 360 games now available for play on Xbox One starting today. If you aren’t familiar with Crysis, it’s a series of FPS titles that were developed by Crytek and published by EA last generation. Originally released in 2007 only on PC, the first Crysis was later ported to Xbox 360 in late 2011 with Crysis 2 having appeared earlier in the year on the platform as well. The most recent game in the series, Crysis 3, was released in 2013 but failed to do well at market. Since then, the series hasn’t made a return. I think my favorite Crysis memory was when the first game came out and no one would stop talking about how much it took to simply run the game on PC. You basically needed a rig powerful enough to run ten … [Read more...] about All Three Crysis Games Hit Xbox One Backward Compatibility Today
AMD loves to provide PC users with a great $99 CPU, and with the Ryzen 3 2200G, it's delivered a genuine classic. Traditional wisdom suggests that when constructing a gaming PC, you need to purchase both CPU and GPU, but the Red Team's latest offering delivers an all-in-one package - a quad-core Ryzen CPU, paired with Radeon RX Vega graphics. You'll need to be realistic with quality settings and resolutions - you've got just over 1.1 teraflops of compute to play with - but this entry-level processor can indeed run most triple-A PC titles, and we had a lot of fun proving that. In addition to the keenly-priced 2200G, there's also an accompanying, more powerful, somewhat pricier Ryzen 5 2400G - and this brace of APUs are actually the first we can thoroughly recommend owing to their integration into AMD's all-encompassing AM4 platform. As good as they may have been for their time, previous generation APUs have required their own motherboards, limiting upgrade potential. However, if you … [Read more...] about Ryzen 3 2200G/ Ryzen 5 2400G review: triple-A gaming without a graphics card?